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PiPhiRho
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Posted: 2007-09-06 10:01 am   Permalink

IN honor of the passing of Luciano Pavarotti

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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2007-09-10 9:46 pm   Permalink

Jane Wyman has died at the age of 90.

 
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Posted: 2007-09-11 06:14 am   Permalink

Not a famous person and nobody knows her...but a friend of mine named Ginger passed away from cancer yesterday. I mention her here because the first time I met her she brought over a bottle of Frangelico and me and my friends enjoyed the delightful hazelnut liquor from Martini glasses. I raise a toast in the memory of Ginger!!!
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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2007-09-12 9:01 pm   Permalink

boo.

Alex, the world's most famous talking parrot, dies

September 12, 2007

He knew his colors and shapes, he learned more than 100 English words, and with
his own brand of one-liners he established himself in TV shows, scientific
reports, and news articles as perhaps the world's most famous talking bird.

But last week Alex, an African gray parrot, died, apparently of natural causes,
said Irene Pepperberg, a comparative psychologist at Brandeis University and
Harvard who studied and worked with the parrot for most of his life and
published reports of his progress in scientific journals. Alex was 31.

Scientists have long debated whether any other species can develop the ability
to learn human language. Alex's language facility was, in some ways, more
surprising than the feats of primates that have been taught American Sign
Language, like Koko the gorilla or Washoe the chimpanzee.

In 1977, when Pepperberg, then a doctoral student in chemistry at Harvard,
bought Alex from a pet store, scientists had little expectation that any bird
could learn to communicate with humans, as opposed to just mimicking words and
sounds. Research in other birds had not been promising.

But by using novel methods of teaching, Pepperberg prompted Alex to learn scores
of words, which he could put into categories, and to count small numbers of
items, as well as recognize colors and shapes.

“The work revolutionized the way we think of bird brains,” said Diana Reiss, a
psychologist at Hunter College who works with dolphins and elephants. “That used
to be a pejorative, but now we look at those brains – at least Alex's – with
some awe.”

Other scientists, while praising the research, cautioned against characterizing
Alex's abilities as human. The parrot learned to communicate in basic
expressions – but it did not show the sort of logic and ability to generalize
that children acquire at an early age, they said.

“There's no evidence of recursive logic, and without that you can't work with
digital numbers or more complex human grammar,” said David Premack, emeritus
professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Pepperberg used an innovative approach to teach Alex. African grays are social
birds, and pick up some group dynamics very quickly. In experiments, Pepperberg
would employ one trainer to, in effect, compete with Alex for a small reward,
like a grape. Alex learned to ask for the grape by observing what the trainer
was doing to get it; the researchers then worked with the bird to help shape the
pronunciation of the words.

Alex showed surprising facility. For example, when shown a blue paper triangle,
he could tell an experimenter what color the paper was, what shape it was, and –
after touching it – what it was made of. He demonstrated some of his skills on
nature shows, including programs on PBS and the BBC. He famously shared scenes
with actor Alan Alda on the PBS series “Look Who's Talking.”

Like parrots can, he also picked up one-liners from hanging around the lab, like
“calm down” and “good morning.” He could express frustration, or apparent
boredom, and his cognitive and language skills appeared to be about as competent
as those in trained primates. His accomplishments have also inspired further
work with African gray parrots; two others, named Griffin and Arthur, are a part
of Pepperberg's continuing research program.

Even up through last week, Alex was working with Pepperberg on compound words
and hard-to-pronounce words. As she put him into his cage for the night last
Thursday, she recalled, Alex looked at her and said: “You be good, see you
tomorrow. I love you.”

He was found dead in his cage the next morning.


 
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VampiressRN
  

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Posted: 2007-09-12 9:45 pm   Permalink

Oh man...that is sad. African Grays are very smart and inquisitive birds. It sounds like he had a wonderful life. Bless his beak.
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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2007-09-12 9:55 pm   Permalink

Yeah, the last couple lines of that story really got me. I had seen him on tv several times over the years; he really was pretty amazing.

So sorry for the loss of your friend Ginger, also.


 
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ikitnrev
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Posted: 2007-09-16 4:59 pm   Permalink

Ralph Kent passed away on Monday, Septemeber 10, 2007, at the age of 68.

Kent was a Disney artist (a 'Disney Legend') who worked on marketing material for the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Jungle Cruise, and other classic Disney attractions. He is perhaps best known for designing the first limited-edition Mickey Mouse watch.

He was also a regular at the former 'Big Bamboo' bar in Kissimmee, Florida, where he was known for drawing Disney characters for patrons.

http://cartooncave.blogspot.com/2007/09/goodbye-dear-friend.html








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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2007-09-17 11:25 am   Permalink

'Match Game's' Brett Somers dies at 83

WESTPORT, Connecticut (AP) -- Actress and comedian Brett Somers, who amused game show fans with her quips on the "Match Game" in the 1970s, has died, her son said. She was 83.

Somers died Saturday at her home in Westport of stomach and colon cancer, Adam Klugman said Monday.

Hosted by Gene Rayburn, "Match Game" was the top game show during much of the 1970s. Contestants would try to match answers to nonsense questions with a panel of celebrities; much of the humor came from the racy quips and putdowns.

Shows from the 1973-79 run, featuring regulars like Somers, Richard Dawson and Charles Nelson Reilly, are still seen on cable TV's GSN (formerly Game Show Network).

Somers married actor Jack Klugman, the future star of the television shows "Quincy" and "The Odd Couple," in 1953. The two separated in 1974, but never divorced.

They made many television appearances as a couple. Somers appeared on several episodes of "The Odd Couple," playing the ex-wife of Klugman's character.

In the summer of 2003, she appeared in a one-woman cabaret show, "An Evening with Brett Somers," which she wrote and co-produced. She continued to perform after being diagnosed with cancer.

She was born Audrey Johnston in New Brunswick, Canada, and grew up in Portland, Maine. She ran away from home at age 17 and headed for New York City, where she settled in Greenwich Village. She changed her first name to Brett after the lead female character in the Ernest Hemingway novel "The Sun Also Rises." Somers was her mother's maiden name.

Her son said she was caustic, irreverent and a self-declared bohemian.

"She maintained her independence till the end, and her irreverence," Adam Klugman said. "She died very much at peace."

In addition to Adam Klugman, Somers is survived by another son, David, and a daughter, Leslie.


 
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Cool Manchu
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Posted: 2007-09-19 1:14 pm   Permalink

Robert Jordan - Writer of 'The Wheel of Time' dies

James Oliver Rigney Jr., author of the bestselling fantasy series, was 58.

September 19, 2007

James Oliver Rigney Jr., a major voice in modern fantasy literature who wrote the bestselling series "The Wheel of Time" using the pen name Robert Jordan, has died. He was 58.

Rigney, who was working on the final volume of the long-running saga, died Sunday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., of complications from primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy, his publisher confirmed. The rare blood disease caused the walls of his heart to thicken.

Only eight people in 1 million contract the disease each year, Rigney wrote in March 2006 as he addressed his illness in the science-fiction magazine Locus.

"Few people have managed to imagine a world the way that Robert Jordan did," Wendy Bradley, editor of the science-fiction magazine Farthing told The Times. "That was a great strength of his writing. He was trying to tell a story on a heroic scale, and he was good -- he had the same grip on storytelling that J.K. Rowling has."

More than 30 million copies of the books have been sold and the series has been translated into about two dozen languages, according to Tor, his New York publisher. By the 1990s, Rigney had come to dominate the fantasy genre spawned by J.R.R. Tolkien and "The Lord of the Rings."

The "Wheel" novels tell the story of Rand al'Thor, who heroically battles evil in a mythical land and was modeled on the Norse god of justice. The increasing popularity of the fantasy genre was reflected in reader fascination with the escapist tale, and fans at book signings could range in age from their early teens to their 80s.

When asked to describe what fueled the series' incredibly complicated plot lines, Rigney often replied by saying, "What if somebody came up to this average person on the street and said, 'You are the savior of humanity.' What do you do with that?"

He had a secretary whose main job was to keep the facts straight in the elaborate world he created that spanned 11 books and almost 7,420 pages. Some critics questioned his wordiness, yet he could sum up the series' driving force in three words: "Life changes. Deal."

The series has inspired a thriving online community with hundreds of Internet sites devoted to it. Among the largest is TarValon.net, which has several thousand members, said Melissa Craib, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles-based site.

"An amazing community has been built around what he has created," Craib told The Times. "His thoughts and his ideas about honor and service and making it through difficult times are exceptionally inspiring to many people. It draws together people who want to embody these qualities."

On his personal blog at
www.dragonmount.com, Rigney updated fans on his health and reassured them that he was working on "A Memory of Light," the 12th and last novel in the "Wheel" series. He reportedly left behind detailed notes on the novel and had shared the end of the story with his wife, Harriet, who was his editor, and a cousin.

"I am quite confident that the series will be finished," Craib said. "This is important to his legacy."

In the early 1980s, Rigney wrote a trio of historical novels set in Charleston, where he was born and lived most of his life. They were written under the pseudonym Reagan O'Neal.

He used the name Robert Jordan on the seven books he wrote in the Conan the Barbarian sword-and-sorcery series that Robert E. Howard created in the 1930s. Several writers have continued the fantasy novels, and Rigney's include "Conan the Destroyer," the novelization of the 1984 movie that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Rigney used different pen names for different genres to avoid confusing his readers. As Jackson O'Reilly, he also had published a western, "Cheyenne Raiders," in 1982.

Born on Oct. 17, 1948, Rigney learned to read when he was 4 with the help of a teenage brother.

A decorated Army veteran, Rigney served two tours in Vietnam before attending the Citadel, a military college in South Carolina. After graduating with a degree in physics, he became a civilian nuclear engineer for the Navy. When a fall at a naval shipyard injured his knee, Rigney was hospitalized for a month and almost died from a blood clot.

Left with a limp that forced him to use a walking stick, he decided to try to become a novelist in 1977 because "life was too short," he told USA Today in 2003.

Fantasy writing was his favorite genre because it "is an area where it is possible to talk about right and wrong, good and evil, with a straight face," Rigney said in a 2000 interview with CNN.com.

When he was well, he often worked seven to eight hours a day, seven days a week in a carriage house behind his Charleston home that was built in 1797.

A history buff, he enjoyed outdoor sports and "the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool and pipe collecting," his biography said.

To Rigney, "Wheel" was "one very long novel, with the individual books being sections of the novel," he said in a 2001 interview on the Science Fiction and Fantasy World website.

He repeatedly cautioned fans who may have chosen to get lost in "Wheel" by engaging in role-playing or card games based on the series that he was not "a guru or a sage" but simply a "storyteller."

In addition to his wife, Harriet Popham Rigney, he is survived by a son, William Popham McDougal of Housatonic, Mass.; and a brother, Reynolds W. Rigney of New Orleans.

Memorial donations may be made in the name of James Rigney to Mayo Clinic Department of Hematology -- Amyloidosis research, 200 1st St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.


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ikitnrev
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Posted: 2007-09-23 08:29 am   Permalink

A moment of silence for Marcel Marceau, French mime artist, who died yesterday at the age of 84.























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VampiressRN
  

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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2007-09-23 09:38 am   Permalink

Good post Vern...and indeed a loss.

 
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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2007-09-24 8:39 pm   Permalink

Actress Alice Ghostley Dies at 81

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alice Ghostley, the Tony Award-winning actress best known on television for playing Esmeralda on "Bewitched" and Bernice on "Designing Women," has died. She was 81.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jOssXAwFOoijv8Obpm04bKY_2Z2A

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Matt Reese
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Posted: 2007-09-28 06:31 am   Permalink

Mikey Donaldson RIP 1961-2007

Pat Doyle( Offender’s Drummer) wrote:

Mikey "Offender" Donaldson passed away in his sleep on September 22 in Barcelona Spain where he had recently relocated from Amsterdam. The cause is unknown at the moment. He was 46. He is survived by his brother Joe Donaldson, sister Marie Donaldson Ward, and sister Sumiko Hakari , all of Killeen, Texas.

Mikey was the bass player for Austin punk band the Offenders from 1978-86. He also recorded bass tracks on MDC's groundbreaker "Millions of Dead Cops" and DRI's "Dealing With It." Mikey also performed regularly with MDC in the early 1980s. He moved to San Francisco in 1986 and went on to play and record with Gary Floyd (Dicks) and Lynn Perko (Imperial Teen) in Sister Double Happiness. After leaving the music scene for ten years or so, Mikey returned to Austin and reunited with the original Offenders line-up for a gig at Emos in March 2002. In 2003 MDC recruited Mikey and the original line-up, recorded a new album, and have been touring all over the world ever since.

Mikey is universally regarded as one of the most innovative and inimitable masters of the bass guitar. He played his Rickenbacker like it was a out-sized rhythm guitar. Taking cues from Jack Bruce and Lemmy, Mikey pioneered an agressive speed-picking style and liberal employment of bass chords that few have been able to emulate in the past 20 years. He will be sorely missed, certainly in Austin and his hometown of Killeen, but also across the globe. A memorial celebration in Austin is pending and the date will be announced soon.

David Dictor wrote: Mikey had rediscovered life in Holland in the last four years. His funny easy going nature was known throughout Europe. He fell in love with and lived with beautiful run away teen model and merch goddess, Selina Hakkensen. He relished playing with Tony Slug from BGK’s band “The Nitwitz” and his own squat band “Brutalized SS”.

Mikey was planning a tour with MDC for Austailia and New Zealand for February 2008 and with the Nitwitz to Turkey in April 2008. He LOVED touring and loved music. He went everywhere with his music cd binder. He loved Swedish Hardcore and was up on the most obscure of bands everywhere.Mikey was a young hearted person from the old school of hardcore. He was “speed metal” before the term was coined. They don’t make many like this and when he is gone ,,,well he is fucking gone. It is a sad fucking day but know Mikey would want you to love life, belly up to the bar and yes, practice your instrument like it was the most important thing in life.



 
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Posted: 2007-09-30 06:20 am   Permalink

Actress Lois Maxwell, who starred as Miss Moneypenny in a string of James Bond movies, has died aged 80.

Maxwell starred alongside Sir Sean Connery in Bond's first movie outing, Dr No, in 1962.

She played the role until 1985's A View To A Kill with Sir Roger Moore, who told the BBC she had been a "great asset" to the early Bond movies.

A spokesperson for Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia, said she died there on Saturday evening.



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VampiressRN
  

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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2007-09-30 10:15 am   Permalink

AGGGGGGGG!!! Oh no.....not THEE Ms Moneypenny.

FYI...
Everyone knows (or should know) Lois Maxwell as the one and only 'Miss Moneypenny' - but there's much more to her acting career than that. She started out against her parents will - and without their knowledge in a Canadian childrens radio program - credited as 'Robin Wells'. Before the age of 15 she left for England with The Canadian Army's Entertainment Corps and manged (after her age had been discovered) to get herself enrolled in The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she met and became friends with Roger Moore. Her movie career started with a Warner production A Matter of Life and Death (1946). After having won The Most Promising Newcomer Golden Globe Award in 1947 she went on and participated in 6 Hollywood productions before she decided to try her luck in Italy. She had to leave for England caused by her husbands illness, and since then she has had roles in a number of movies beisde the first 14 Bond movies. In 1989 she retired. Lois Maxwell has lived in Canada having moved from England. While still acting in the Bond films during the 80s Lois also became a regular columnist for the Toronto Sun newspaper. She purchased a cottage in northern Ontario and would often share stories about her experiences on the movie set, her co-stars, life in Italy, her experiences growing up in Canada and about her present life in general. As well as commenting on topics of the day. Her feature was a favorite for many and she was sorely missed when she finally retired from writing for the Toronto Sun.
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